'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' Ganondorf Dragmire: Link's nemesis gets an official last name

Source: Nintendo Wire

Ganondorf, the main baddie in the Legend of Zelda series, has finally gotten an official last name — 31 years after his first appearance. 

On Nintendo's online guide to The Legend of Zelda, Ganondorf's entry confirms in his human form, his name is Ganondorf Dragmire, while the more beastly forms are just known as Ganon.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ganondorf Dragmire: Origins of Ganondorf's name

Ganondorf Dragmire isn't a brand-new name. In fact, it goes back to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which released for the Super Nintendo in 1991. 

In A Link to the Past's game manual, it refers to Ganon's pre-evil pig monster form as Ganondorf Dragmire. For years, fans just assumed that was the name of the Link to the Past-specific version of Ganondorf, because throughout time Zelda, Link and Ganon all reincarnate in various similar forms. 

Nintendo's online 'Zelda' guide confirms Ganondorf's last name
Source: Nintendo

However, Nintendo’s entry on the Zelda online guide seems to show all of Ganondorf's pre-monster forms have the last name Dragmire.

'The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past' game manual with backstory about Ganondorf
Source: Nintendo

Ganon is known by a ton of names throughout the series. He's called Calamity Ganon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; he's just plain Ganondorf in Ocarina of Time; in Skyward Sword, Demise was shown to be the origin of Ganon; and there's even another name he goes by in A Link to the Past: Mandrag Ganon. 

This canon name business opens a whole new line of questioning: If Ganon is always called the same thing in every incarnation, how do the Hyrule royalty keep getting tricked by him? It sounds like they need to start checking IDs at the door.

More Zelda: Breath of the Wild tips, tricks and guides

Find out all there is to know about Zelda: Breath of the Wild, including what to expect from the Wii U version, how to preserve your items, how to beat bosses like the Stone Talus and Lynel, the best recipes for Link and how to take on the game's shrines. You'll also want to find out where all the great fairies in the game and how to use amiibo with your version of Zelda.

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Jason Faulkner has written editorials, news, guides, and reviews at Destructoid, Gamezebo, Playboy, Shacknews, and Modojo. He also served as co-Editor-and-Chief and IT consultant at G4@Syfygames. On a typical day, you can find him working as a Gaming Editor at Mic or desperately trying to get a late-1990s/early-2000s PC game working at 4K and 16:9 ratio without crashing.

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